Kilkenny is classed as a small city. (I have an intense dislike of the word "quaint" ;) Makes me think of plastic shamrocks and lurid green leprechauns!
How long you spend anywhere depends on what you want to see. Do you plan to hire a car?What are your interests?Edited: 10 October 2015, 06:21
And when are you going to be in Ireland?
I also dislike the term "quaint", Ireland is neither a museum nor stuck in times past.
However, if you're looking for towns with a historical past which still shows nowadays, Kilkenny is right for you. The surrounding area has lots to offer, e.g. Inistioge, St. Mullin;s,, Graignamanagh, Jerpoint Abbey, Mount Juliet, Thomastown and so much more.
What is your itinerary?
I would suggest that at least one overnight in kilkenny city to have the opportunity to enjoy it all. At least two nights if you also want to visit some of the towns in the county that have already been suggested.
We will hire a car for the 10 or so days we will be in Ireland.
What I mean is that we would like to see old buildings that are from long ago, old alleys, low buildings, not tall buildings, unless they are old churches or such. We would like to mostly avoid thick traffic, and to move at a slower pace. Good homemade food is good too. We are thinking of the town of Kilkenny, maybe Clonakilty, maybe Kenmare, and Ennistymon.
Killenny as already suggested. Also Thomastown, Inistioge, Callan and.Graiguenamanagh in the county of Kilkenny. The other towns you have mentioned would also provide examples of irish vernacular architecture.
I am not sure about 'tall' and 'low' buildings. Ireland has very few tower blocks.Edited: 12 October 2015, 14:29
I have been touring Ireland by car since Oct. 14th and I am currently in Kinsale and It is by far my absolute favorite so far! I also loved Kenmare. Both are small, easy to explore on foot and picturesque. Although Kinsale may be considered too touristy, I am meeting mostly Irish people here this time of the year.
Thank you for these smaller town ideas. What is it about Kinsale? Is it the large number of tourists there or something else. Thanks!
travelbug, for me, over the years, there are places that just grab me, then there are some that do not.....Kinsale is one that doesn't....that doesn't mean you won't love it.....
many adore Galway, I used to but now it's too complicated to navigate, crowded, parking hard to find.....while I love County Galway, the town itself just isn't my cup of tea...doesn't mean it's not for others.....
I love Killaloe, Oughterard, and Tara but others might loathe them because they are very small with little to no tourist attractions but they speak to my heart....I even like a day in Doolin, many don't.....
so it's really all a matter of what interests the visitor, doesn't make any of them bad places....